Book Review on Dissociative Identity Disorder In A Nutshell: A First-Hand Account

I wish to thank Laura Marchildon for the wonderful book review she did on my book Dissociative Identity Disorder in a Nutshell: A First-Hand Account. I am grateful for her objectivity and truthfulness. One thing Laura pointed out to me in our email  is that  the book she reviewed was very short. For this reason, [...]

World Suicide Prevention Day

  Across the world nearly 800,000 commit suicide each year which is one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. With 65,000 people attempting suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people thinking about committing suicide, World Suicide Prevention day aims to open up the conversations and help those in the [...]

The Hazards of Living in the Past

This piece is about dwelling on what happened to we survivors in our pasts. It is not intended to belittle anyone’s traumatic pasts, nor is it intended to say that one should not look at their pasts with open eyes and live there for a time. It is intended to help other survivors see that [...]

Kicking the Can Down the Road

Humans are motivated by their behaviors, motivations and goals and one thing we all do is to kick the can down the road. We spend an inordinate about of time and energy doing the things we want to satisfy our desires, regardless of the consequences, telling ourselves that it will all turn out fine somehow. [...]

The Illusion of Control

Well, since my last post about life went over so well, I thought I’d post about the most common illusion found among mankind, the illusion that we have control over our lives and the lives of others. Please remember, I’m writing about lessons I’ve garnered from living through the hell of psychotherapy. These lessons may [...]

Even Seasoned Soldiers Get Weary

I’ve spent the greater part of three decades dealing with issues that no one single human should ever have to face. I’ve seen my favorite and most beloved therapist retire, my best friend die, and my own life take so many twists and turns that I’m dizzy. I turn 57 soon but I feel like [...]

Podcast on CoreBrain Journal About DID

I have spoken on a podcast for The Core Brain Journal. I spoke on the realities of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Please check out the link below and let me know what you think. Pod Cast on DID

Lessons From a Two-Year Old

Michael V. Davis Once again, I have written some pretty hard stuff to swallow this past week, so I decided to write on this Saturday afternoon about something a lot more fun, life with a two-year old little boy. I live in a small handicap apartment with my brother, his wife and their two-year old [...]

Life is Full of Important Lessons

There are many ways I could speak of the occurrences which have happened throughout my life, and the people who I have encountered along the way. I could be bitter and full of thoughts of revenge at those who harmed me and the things I have missed out on because of that maltreatment and I [...]

Speaking Truth About Suicide

As a suicide survivor, I have a unique vantage point from which to speak on this this very difficult to discuss topic. Not only have I survived three suicide attempts myself, the first being when I was only seven years old, I have a very close family member who successfully completed hers. There are so [...]

Self-Love and Acceptance

One of the fundamental things that happens to a person who has been severely mistreated in childhood is the inability to experience self-acceptance and self-love. I would address this problem in this article. Humans begin to form relationships with others at birth (some believe even sooner) and our mother is usually the first person with [...]

The Rare Case of a Supportive Family Member

Shirley J. Davis The circumstances surrounding the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder make for some very lonely times for the person who learns the live with the condition. Often the family members of the diagnosed feel they are being attacked just because the person has sought the help of a professional to help them get [...]

Wonderful Artwork by Myriad

Shirley J. Davis The artwork featured below was drawn by my friend Myriad. This little child is just a small example of just how talented and wonderful people who live with Dissociative Identity Disorder truly can be. My talent is writing, but there are musicians and artists of every ilk who come from horrible circumstances [...]

Sometimes We All Need A Special Friend

Shirley J. Davis Living with any type of chronic illness, be it physical or emotional, is extremely difficult. Living with the effects of a mixture of both is not only highly traumatic, but can be very dangerous. Such is the case for a friend of mine by the name of Jill Sparks. I met Jill [...]

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Shirley J. Davis I have been posting some pretty heavy things lately, and I decided to write something much more light. So, I went through and found some of my favorite jokes. While mental health issues are definitely not funny, sometimes laughter helps to ease the stress of recovery. I am not all business, and [...]